Read your way across the USA!

by Rachel on January 23, 2014


I’ve been sharing a few photos of our new display, Read your way across the USA, on Facebook and Instagram, and there has been such an outpouring of interest, I thought I would expand upon the idea and include some more detailed photos and a list of books that are currently featured.  The display was created by our Visual Merchandising Manager, Anne, after a lot of meticulous research.   Each book on display is set in a specific state, so while there have obviously been a lot of books that take place in a lot of states, Anne had to find the ones that were still in print so we could carry them in our store and she could use them on display.  This display is up indefinitely, and we hope that it will create conversation that helps it to evolve over time.  If you know of any more books that take place in Delaware, North Dakota, or any other state, comment on this post and let us know.  There’s room to expand the display, so maybe this can become a team effort!

For those of you who plan on stopping by the store, you can find the display in the event space on the 2nd floor of our main store.

For all inquiring minds, here is the complete list of books currently on display:

Alabama
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Boy’s Life – Robert McCammon

Alaska
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon

Arizona   
The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton
The Blessing Way – Tony Hillerman

Arkansas
A Painted House – John Grisham
True Grit – Charles Portis

California
The Big Sleep– Raymond Chandler
Cannery Row– John Steinbeck
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Daughter of Fortune– Isabelle Allende
Get Shorty– Elmore Leonard
House of Leaves– Mark Danielewski
If He Hollers Let Him Go– Chester Himes
The Joy Luck Club– Amy Tan
A Visit from the Goon Squad– Jennifer Egan

Colorado
The Shining – Stephen King
Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner

Connecticut
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House – Eric Hodgins

Delaware
Hawkes Harbor – S.E. Hinton
Patient Zero – Maberry

Florida
To Have & Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Georgia
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

Hawaii
Hawaii – James A. Michener
Molokai – Brennert

Idaho
Housekeeping – Robinson
Lullaby – Palahniuk

Illinois
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

Indiana
The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
The Stone Diaries – Shields

Iowa
A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson

Kansas
The Wizard of Oz – Baum
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Kentucky
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Icy Sparks – Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Louisiana
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
Love in the Ruins –Walker Percy

Maine
Carrie – Stephen King
The Cider House Rules – JohnIrving

Maryland
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
Kindred – Octavia Butler

Massachusetts
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
The Wapshot Chronicle – John Cheever

Michigan
The Virgin Suicides – JeffreyEugenides

Minnesota
Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien

Mississippi
The Sound & the Fury – William Faulkner
The Robber Bridegroom – Eudora Welty

Missouri
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer –  Mark Twain
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Montana
A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean
Fools Crow – James Welch

Nebraska
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Worth Dying For – Child

Nevada
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Thompson
Trunk Music – Connelly

New Hampshire
The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving
The Last Policeman – Ben H. Winters

New Jersey
Drown – Junot Diaz
The Sportswriter – Richard Ford

New Mexico
Red Sky at Morning – Richard Bradford
Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya

New York
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem

North Carolina
The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
A Walk to Remember –  Nicolas Sparks

North Dakota
The Round House – Lousie Erdrich
Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich

Ohio
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
Middle C – William H. Gass

Oklahoma
Paradise – Toni Morrison
The Outsiders – Hinton

Oregon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Wildwood – Colin Meloy

Pennsylvania
The Lovely Bones – Sebold
Rabbit, Run – Updike

Rhode Island
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

South Carolina
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison

South Dakota
A Long Way from Home – Tom Brokaw
Yonnondio – Tillie Olsen

Tennessee
The Firm – John Grisham
A Death in the Family – James Agee

Texas
No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson

Utah
The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff
Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey

Vermont
Pollyanna – Porter
Midwives – Chris Bohjalian

Virginia
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Lie Down in Darkness – William Styron

Washington
Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson

Washington, D.C.
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
Term Limits – Vince Flynn

West Virginia
Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Night of the Hunter – Davis Grubb

Wisconsin
Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski

Wyoming
The Laramie Project – Moises Kaufman
Shane – Jack Schaefer